It is every trekker’s worst nightmare. You prepared for a big adventure, thought of everything before you left, and in the middle of the walk, your favourite (and only) pair of boots fall apart.

Before embarking on a trip, it is essential to look for signs that your trusted boots may not be up for the journey.

Firstly, check all the seams of the boot for stitching with excessive wear and tear, as well as the shoelace eyelets that may be coming away. Inspect the area where the sole is bonded to the upper material for any areas that the glue has started to deteriorate and gaps are forming. At this point, your best bet is to take them back to the retailer or professional shoe repair for mending.

If your boots have finally walked their last kilometre, our advice is that it’s time for a new pair to avoid any surprises on your trip.

When buying a boot, it is often hard to tell how well it will hold up over the years; instead what it most often boils down to is how you care for the boot.

Broken boot

Here are a few tips that will help you extend the life of your boots significantly.

Keep them clean

Clean your boots thoroughly after every walk. Dirt and grime can settle in the material and act as abrasives while chemicals in the soil or salt from overseas’ winter roads can pose serious threats to the rubber, glue and leather of the boot.

Keep them dry

When drying your footwear, avoid extreme heat. Instead of drying your boots next to a fire or a heater, stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry. When storing your boots, ensure they are in a dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Keep them conditioned

Boot conditioners work a treat on full grain leather boots. They should should be applied after a long trip and before setting off on a new adventure.


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